"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure,
when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."
Patrick Henry
(1736-1799) US Founding Father
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Get to know your local sherriff, ands LEO, make them understand, you are no threat, and show them, what the threat is. our hope lies in those who are legally armed, if they fail us.no words. no words
 -- Kimo, U S A     
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    I have always been for cameras in the Senate and House of Reps.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    If a truly bright light were shone on the majority of Congress and the Senate, they would scurry under rocks like the cockroaches...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Wouldn't it be nice if insider trading was the worse thing our congress was doing.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    And when secret acts are concealed by lies, treason is not enough of a word to describe what is happening.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Shout it to the heavens brother
     -- t, b     
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     -- Leon, Cleveland      
    The govt of the USA should be forever gratefull to Edward Snowden for protecting our liberties against their thoughtless actions, and agression against the American people. 50 years from now Snowden will be considered a national hero.
     -- george green, falkville ala     
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    if we as a people will leave the people of the Arab countries alone to sort out there own politics and wage a strong war on drugs, our children will be better qualified to deal with them when the times comes. and the time will come we should prepare for it not let them suck the life out of us one schirmish at a time. please look at history that's how so many govts have been taken down. we did it ourselves.
     -- george green, falkville al     
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    Governments are the servants, not the masters of the people. (Thomas Jefferson) In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns. (Benjamin Franklin) In a land of liberty the rulers are the individual sovereigns and those being paid in any body politic are servants. When the servants enforce tyranny over a once free sovereign - servants becoming rulers over slaves (by way of example through compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity and alienation of nature endowed rights) then liberty is lost.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Patrick Henry had it right.
    --He warned us, & look what has happened in the
    Home of the FREE & BRAVE. It's getting late, but we the "free", must become educated & "brave" enough, to end this tyranny.
    ----There are more concealed transactions, than not! - (And I noticed he used the term - rulers.)
    --I also admire Edward Snowden, who I consider a HERO.
     -- ValerieN, Richmond, VA.     
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    The intensions of any who are honorably intentioned are inherently transparent.

    They for whom the acquisition of power is a singular objective, an ambition such as is inimical to those for whom the ideal of the Sovereign Individual is an article of Faith, necessarily are not honorably intentioned.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
    E. Archer,

    As Thomas Corwin expressed it:

    "Treason is in the air around us, everywhere.
    It goes by the name patriotism."
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Mary - MI      
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